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Phaethon seeks assurance that his mother, Clymene, is telling the truth that his father is the sun god Helios. When Phaethon obtains his father's promise to drive the sun chariot as proof, he fails to control it and the Earth is in danger of burning up when Phaeton is killed by a thunderbolt from Zeus to prevent further disaster. The name "PhaΓ«ton" means the "shining” is also an epithet of Clymenus by Merope or Clymene and Lucifer the Morning Star Venus.
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